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Foreign Minister in the UN Compound

German Tourism Commissioner wants Sri Lanka to realise its full potential

In the wake of the recent relaxation of the German Travel advisory Ernst Hinsken, Member of the German Bundestag and Federal Government’s Commissioner for tourism, visited Sri Lanka this week. Accompanied by the German Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jürgen Weerth, Mr. Hinsken met with Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda for extensive discussions on how the German government could assist Sri Lanka to realise the full potential of the growing German outbound market.

Care for children and adolescents living with diabetes

By Amit Dwivedi

"Diabetes is a deadly disease, and each year, almost 4 million people die from diabetes-related causes. Children, particularly in countries where there is limited access to diabetes care and supplies, die young", according to International Diabetes Federation (IDF) which is an umbrella organization of over 200 member associations in more than 160 countries. IDF leads "World Diabetes Day" ( which falls on 14th November. The campaign is focusing its efforts on raising awareness of diabetes in children and adolescents.

Singer Sri Lanka is the first internet auctioneer

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Singer Sri Lanka holds the country’s first internet auction and country's internet users will finally be able to join the world of internet bidding, competing as in other well established auction sites, such as eBay with other users to post the most competitive bid. Users who register on will be able to bid for a range of singer products including LCD TVs, mobile telephones and even furniture online. Payments can be made by credit card. The bids will start at a reserve price set significantly below the retail selling prices.

Waste plastics and Rubber are foreign income earners says a Private company

An island wide programme has been implemented by the recent Export Award Winner Kalhari Entreprises , Heyiyanthuduwa to purchase used PET bottles, Polythene, Heavy Duty Plastics , used Computers Electronic equipment ,any type of post industrial Latex Based or dry Rubber based scraps, used tyres, Tubes, etc which are hazardous to the environment . Kalhari Entreprises which collects and recycles waste rubber and plastics says this programme is now with the communities "We started this venture since 2003 and we are expanding our business to capture a big market share and earn plentiful foreign income through this venture.

Sri Lanka rejects EU investigation for GSP + extension

Sri Lanka will not be part of a process that comes in the form of an investigation on the extension of the GSP + facility to Sri Lanka, observed Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama during his discussions today (24th October 2008) with the Ambassador of France, Michel Lummaux. France is the current Chair of the European Union (EU). He further reiterated that the route of an investigation to assess Sri Lanka’s compliance on the requisites for extension of this facility would not be accepted and therefore an alternative process should be found.

'Boycott Tamil Nadu films'

By Janaka Perera

Tamil Nadu Authorities have strengthened security of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai following a jingoistic mob attacking the HC, damaging its name board, windows and gate. In the wake of this move and anti-Sri Lankan protest rallies there, Sri Lanka's main Opposition party and the JVP are criticizing the Rajapaksa Government from contradictory angles. While the UNP is saying that the government had failed to cultivate Tamil Nadu's friendship and brief TN politicians of the factual situation here, the JVP is accusing the government of being too subservient to Delhi.

When media becomes vehicles for terrorist agendas

By Shenali Waduge

In the age of information we know that we cannot do without information just as much as the media is aware of the power it has on the people. Winning over the mass media or influencing it has become a key motive for not only politicians but terrorists as well. It thus necessitates a closer examination of how far media has helped to provide “respectability” & a platform to argue in favor of their crimes. Media today can add color to stories & spin them around to suit their agenda. They will provide information that they wish to highlight & hide vital information which they feel is not necessary for public attention. Yet, essentially we can but wonder whether their reporting is honest & their journalists are ethical.

Moral Bankruptcy of the International Community in Assuring Civilian Safety in the North of Sri Lanka

Dr. Siri Gamage, Australia

For all intents and purposes, what is going on in the North of Sri Lanka today is a war between the government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres trained in military warfare. Recent reports indicate that in the government's efforts to capture Kilinochchi, hitherto symbolic political capital of the LTTE, over 200,000 civilians have been displaced. This adds to the already existing displaced Tamils called Internally Displaced People (IDPS) from the surrounding areas. As the government forces are closing in on Kilinochchi, it is reported that the civilians who lived there have moved toward Tiger controlled areas further and further along with their wherewithal. Following a government directive, the INGOs that functioned in areas of the North have also withdrawn to the South of Vanni, the northern most point where the government holds its authority but a key battleground between the two forces.

Sri Lanka Government directive to the military: Adhere strictly to a strategy of "zero civilian casualty” - Foreign Minister

The military operation in Sri Lanka is being pursued under a Government directive to the military to adhere strictly to a strategy of "zero civilian casualty." The success of this same strategy in the East is now clearly visible with the restoration of democracy achieved in less than one year of this Province being freed from the clutches of terror. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama was speaking on the occasion of the 63rd UN Day celeberations held in the UN compound in Colombo.

Maya Wars

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

They may not have been anointed as ‘Begums’ but UP suddenly finds itself witnessing an interesting battle between the two leading women political figures Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati, the BSP supremo who is also the state’s chief minister. The proximity of the polls in five states followed by Lok Sabha has made their war more interesting. The genesis of the fight is rather unusual: just before Sonia Gandhi was to land in Rae Bareli, her parliamentary constituency, the Maya government cancelled the land allotment for a big railway coach factory there because of alleged opposition from the farmers.

Basil Rajapakse M.P.

Foreign Minister in the UN Compound 2

Foreign Minister in the UN Compound 3

waste plastics and rubber

Bales ready to ship

Tyre crushing